Today, these historic mother-daughter institutions serve as twin beacons – one private, one public – helping students prepare for life and careers as global citizens, with enhanced centers of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, alongside other fields of study.
Rooted in justice and equality, these two Ohio universities remain close missional partners and collaborators with one another and, more recently, with the ACLU of Ohio. Together, we envision a just and equitable Ohio where all people are fairly represented in a strong democracy, unoppressed by racism, and able to live their fullest lives.
HCBUs are a worthy investment of our philanthropic dollars. Both Wilberforce and Central State serve many first-generation college students who thrive in climates of respect, trust, and support that foster success. These schools instill values of social justice in their graduates, values that are deeply engrained in these institutions’ origins, histories, and missions. Wilberforce and Central State make higher education more accessible and affordable, helping to narrow Ohio’s significant racial wealth gap.
On November 30, as you’re discerning where to invest your Giving Tuesday dollars, we hope you’ll consider becoming part of a new groundswell of support for Wilberforce and Central State, two historical and present-day gems in Ohio that are deserving of our investment. As for the ACLU of Ohio, that’s the ask of our members and supporters this year.
J. Bennett Guess is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which has more than 30,000 members and supporters in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.